81DE3F58-D684-4EE0-9165-8E96E1B6C6C1 by SeaweedWitch posted May 18, 2019 at 7:27 PM I found this skull in my woods, and have had a hell of a time lightening it. I’m guessing it was out there for at least a year, probably more. It was largely sun bleached but has stains on it. Since it didn’t have flesh or anything on it, I started by giving it a good scrub with Dawn. Now I’m wondering if I should have soaked it for a few days, but I didn’t think to look for grease, or know what it would look like anyway. After drying it, I gave it two treatments with 40V peroxide beauty developer, wrapped it up and left it for 24 hours each time. The results were so-so. It is a little whiter, but still has stains on the back end. It also had obvious algae and dark grey patches when wet. The silliest part is that the second time, I used 4th of July napkins to “papier mache” the peroxide, and it left blue and red blotches on it. I know most people aren’t this stupid, but I am. lol I tried scrubbing it off with Dawn to no avail. At that point I was exhausted and all I had left was bleach. I poured up a diluted bucket (less than 10:1... more like 20:1) and left it soak for a couple hours and scrubbed it again. This finally took care of most of the algae, and the festive colors are gone, but it’s still not all white. (In my experience most of the grey disappears when it’s dry, but it was still a little wet in this picture.) 5A53A4B9-2809-43BD-ABA1-6372E3369B08 by SeaweedWitch posted May 18, 2019 at 7:25 PM What I’m still left with is some stubborn orange-yellow stains near the base of the skull. I’m wondering if it’s possible to remove them. What would you advise? Whenever the sun comes back, I will set it out in the sun for a few days. I was going to give up and paint it, but I will exhaust my options first. Could it be from grease, or is it minerals? 6F3FB50F-A124-4972-9C4F-16D836F5EE24 by SeaweedWitch posted May 18, 2019 at 7:25 PM My second problem area are the antlers. Most of it still has a light natural tone to it, except near the skull which was totally sun bleached. I went over it with simple coffee grounds, which helped a little. I planned to buy a couple different color stains and go over it with steel wool to repair the tone. However, the backside that was resting in the ground has some parts that are a lot darker. I’m wondering if I should try to clean them more? Or should I utilize these darker tones and work it into the whole color scheme? I guess it’s partly an artistic preference, but thought I’d ask if you’d give it a deeper cleanse first, and how one would go about that. All it’s had so far is the initial scrub of Dawn. Sorry this was so long-winded. I don’t plan to find anything like this again, so I want to treat it right, and finally welcome it in my home. Thanks a ton!!